Coronavirus LIVE: Department of Health confirms 29,474 cases in UK as death toll passes 2,352 after highest daily rise

Good morning and welcome to the live blog on April 1 as we bring you the latest updates from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 4:36 pm

As of Tuesday, March 31 another person has died from Covid-19 in Derbyshire.

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Figures released put the number of confirmed cases in Derbyshire, at 225, and in Derby, there are 115.

Across the UK further 367 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in England to 1,651.

Lockdown Derbyshire. Empty Low Pavement Chesterfield.

LIVE coronavirus updates: Department of Health confirms 29,474 cases in UK as death toll passes 2,352 after highest daily rise

Last updated: Wednesday, 01 April, 2020, 15:44

  • There are now 257 patients across Derbyshire who have tested positive for Covid-19.

As of Tuesday, March 31 another person has died from Covid-19 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

NHS England have announced that there are now 29,474  confirmed cases.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital has issued a statement after a ‘wonderful’ Chesterfield woman died from coronavirus

Seven more patients die in Chesterfield as UK death toll rises by 563 in a day

NHS England lifts test restrictions on workers

NHS England has instructed its trusts instructing them to lift COVID-19 test restrictions on workers. 

There was previously a 15% staff testing cap set by the Department of Health  which has now been lifted with trusts instructed to 'max out' all available testing capacity.

Department of Health update

UK coronavirus death toll sees biggest daily rise since outbreak

The Department of Health confirmed a further 563 coronavirus related deaths as of 9am on April 1. 

The rise from 1,789 to 2,352 deaths is 31% higher than the previous day and the highest since the outbreak. 

The total number of confirmed cases in the UK stands at 29,474, as of 9am on April 1. A week ago, on March 25, the total was 9,529.


Food bank appeal sees 30,000 items donated to help those impacted by Coronavirus in Derbyshire

Over 30,000 items have been donated to an urgent food bank appeal in less than two weeks to help those impacted by Coronavirus in Derbyshire.

Central England Co-op launched the campaign after its food bank partners revealed they had seen donations drop and demand risk.

However, despite the amazing community response to the appeal, food banks have pleaded with people to continue to donate vital items as supplies continue to remain low and demand continues to rise by the day.

Food banks are facing a 50 percent fall in donations coupled with a 100 per cent rise in requests for food parcels with new enquiries coming from people who are self isolating, self employed and families who have children that would normally be getting free school meals.

Food banks being supported by this appeal in Derbyshire include Hope for Belper, Hope Centre, South Derbyshire CVS, and Long Eaton and Sawley Food bank.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “Our communities continue to do us proud and support this vital food bank appeal.

“Our food bank partners are working around the clock to react to a rise in demand and we can all support in our own little way by donating an item or two so they can carry on their great work during these uncertain times.”

Items needed for the food bank appeal include cereal, tinned food and fruit, tea bags, dried pasta, rice, long life milk, sugar, biscuits, fruit juice and squash, pasta sauce and instant coffee.

Donations will be collected up from Central England Co-op stores and used to create food parcels, which contain around 11 items and will provide at least three days’ worth of meals for those in need.

Jo Lambourne, from Hope for Belper, said: “We would like to thank everybody who has continued to donate to the food bank in this difficult time, we have been overwhelmed by your generosity and the sheer amount of donations coming in. 

“However, sadly we are also seeing a significant increase in need and the number of referrals we are receiving each week is rising steadily so please continue to donate whenever you can so that we can continue to provide this essential service - thank you."

The items in need from Hope for Belper include UHT milk, tinned fruit/veg, tinned potatoes/packet mash, tinned curry/chilli/bolognaise, puddings, shampoo and toilet rolls.

People can keep up to date with how Central England Co-op is responding to the Coronavirus by visiting

Staveley Fire Station pay tribute to NHS staff

Sadiq Khan says banks must 'step up'

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan earlier told BBC Radio 5 Live that "banks have got to step up" to help small and medium-sized businesses survive during the coronavirus pandemic. 

New research suggests that nearly a fifth of all small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are unlikely to get the cash they need to survive the next four weeks, in spite of unprecedented government support.

Edinburgh's festivals have been cancelled

The Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, the Art Festival, the International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have all been cancelled following the coronavirus outbreak.

Fergus Linehan who is the Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, said: "We are hugely disappointed to announce this cancellation but given the current outlook we believe it is the correct decision."

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